4 voice virtual-analogue synthesiser
SKULPT is a powerful desktop performance synthesiser that allows musicians to quickly sketch and perform music anywhere. This synthesiser features a unique 32-oscillator virtual analogue sound engine, carefully designed by the Modal developers in Bristol, UK. It’s unique synth architecture with 2 WAVE groups, incorporating 4-oscillators per voice let musicians, producers and DJs perform with classic synth sounds as well as create exciting new sound textures from soft to brutal.
Create and save impressive sound textures with up to 8 oscillators per voice, morphable waveforms, analogue-style morphable filter and flexible effects
Master your performances with MPE support and the integrated real-time sequencer with up to 4 Animation lanes
Integrate SKULPT into your production and live performance setup thanks to its full-size MIDI connections and 3.5 mm Sync in and outs
Access all synthesiser functions and update SKULPTsynthesiser via the free MODALapp, available on macOS, Windows, iOS, iPadOS, Android and AU/VST3
Use it anywhere with its portable and lightweight, yet durable desktop design with real-time controls and 16 touch keys, powered by 6 AA batteries or USB power
Modal Electronics SKULPT synthesiser
- 4 voice – 32 oscillator virtual analogue synthesiser
- 8 oscillators per voice with 2 selectable morphable waveforms
- Multi option Unison / spread to detune the 32 oscillators for a huge sound
- 8 slot modulation matrix with 8 sources and 37 destinations
- 3 x envelope generators for Filter, Amplitude and Modulation
- 2 x audio rate LFOs, one global and one polyphonic
- Realtime sequencer that will record up to 256 notes and up to 4 parameters.
- Fully-featured arpeggiator with division, direction, octave, swing and sustain controls.
- Resonant filter that can be morphed from low pass, through band pass, to high pass
- Delay and distortion (waveshaping overdrive, not bitcrushing) effects
- 128 patch and 64 sequence storage locations
By combining 32 virtual analog oscillators into 4 voices, Modal have created a synthesizer that somehow combines affordability, compact design and absolutely killer tone. Whether you’re after resonant monophonic leads, detuned ambient patches or anything between, the Skulpt is locked and loaded.
With in-depth tuning/detuning, comprehensive modulation and full-fat envelope generators (just a handful of features), the Skulpt is – as the name suggests – totally customisable in its sound. Its eye-popping interface is surprisingly easy to get to grips with, making the endless options that little bit more enjoyable!
Experiment, perform & record on the go
Did we mention that this thing is pretty tiny? It’s designed to fit onto any desk space and into any carry case or rucksack. Thanks to MIDI, USB and sync in/out compatibility, it’s also built to slot seamlessly into your existing rig – Eurorack? Digital workstation? Ableton Live? No sweat.
A built-in sequencer and arpeggiator allow you to set this thing loose while you found your sound, making experimentation that little bit easier. Top it off with a handy protective lid that can be flipped to raise the Skulpt, and it’s starting to sound like Modal have thought of everything!
Two WAVE groups per voice with 4 oscillators each provide deep hands-on control over the sound and sweep smoothly between sine, triangle, saw, square, PWM and Noise sources. Additional oscillator modulation using FM, Ring Modulation or the hugely powerful onboard LFOs unveil an unmatched potential for sound customisation.
The state-variable 2-pole filters morph from low pass through to band pass and through to high pass. With its resonance feature it picks out rich harmonics at high resonance levels.
Three dedicated envelopes for the filter, amp and modulation give excessive control of the dynamics and expression. The available 2 LFOs, one global and one polyphonic can be synced to internal or external tempo. The polyphonic LFO syncs also to a division of the fundamental frequency of the played notes for both brutal and subtle modulation of the sound.
Next-Gen Performances Out Of The Box
SKULPT supports MPE and offers musicians creative new musical ways to model sounds with your fingertips. Connect your MPE compatible MIDI controller and endeavour next-generation expressive sound articulations only possible with a genuine instrument like SKULPT.
SKULPT has a deceptively capable real-time sequencer on board. It is pretty easy to capture performances, quantize, loop & hold them as well as capturing 4 lanes of Animation on the fly – this alone introduces some crazy modulation possibilities and is key to getting to know this synthesiser.
This coupled with the adaptable on-board arpeggiator, chord and transpose functions open an entire new world for complex and exciting synth sounds.
Polish With Effects
Built-in distortion (waveshaping overdrive) and delay effects add character and depth to the signal. The distortion delivers interesting overtone textures from subtitle to heavy overdrive.
The delay effect injects expressive complexity from short slap-backs and room-style reverb sounds to long overlaying or psychedelic echoes using the sequencer animation. To create chorusing and other time-based effects the delay can be modulated. Internal or external sync generate rhythmic interaction with the tempo of a track.
Open To All Environments
SKULPT has a comprehensive set of connections to power and control the synth using USB, monitor with headphones or using the dedicated line output, sync with external gear using the full-size MIDI in and out or the 3.5 mm Sync in or outputs.
The Global Tune Setting ensures a perfect integration into mixed setups with other, less accommodating equipment in studio and live applications, like analogue synthesisers or DJ turntables, which tend to be less precise in tuning.
Expand the sound of SKULPT synthesiser is possible by polychaining up to 4 units for a total of 16 voices and 128 oscillators.
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